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9 Jul. 2003

Japan Radio Co. Ltd. gets USCG and FCC Type Approval

Japan Radio Company, Ltd. obtained Type Approval of the JHS-180 Automatic Identification System (AIS) from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on May 30, 2003 and FCC Type Approval on June 23 2003.

The AIS is navigation equipment that broadcasts the data of ship's position, course, speed, ROT and cargo information. It also displays information received from other ships. The equipment simplifies the recognition and tracking of other ships, and will aid in tracking vessel movement and situational information that surround the ship. Maritime and navigation safety are enhanced with this equipment, supporting the RADAR system. The JHS-180 AIS can detect ships hiding behind land or objectives that cannot be detected by RADAR systems. Furthermore, the equipment will contribute to monitoring and assisting traffic on the seaway and enhance maritime security.

Tankers 300GT and above engaged on international voyages were required to install AIS by July 1, 2003. In the US, vessels navigating in US waterways are required to install AIS by December 3, 2004, advancing the date of compliance set forth by SOLAS V. Vessels navigating the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Panama Canal also require AIS to enhance maritime safety and security.

Now that JRC has obtained AIS type approval from the USCG and the FCC, we believe that JRC will gain popularity from vessels navigating US waterways. The JHS-180 AIS has enjoyed brisk sales beginning in September 2002, and to date, JRC has received over 3,000 purchase orders.

Equipment of Type approval of USCG: JHS-180 AIS

Approval Number: 165.155/5/0

Date: May 30, 2003

[Feature of JHS-180 AIS]

Combined antenna and transponder for easy installation

Increased visibility and operationality using 5-inch LCD display

System integration availability

For further information: please contact

Japan Radio Co.,Ltd.

Marine Electronics Division
TEL. :+81-3-3348-4099